Half of Americans say they oppose the United States taking military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad after last week’s chemical weapons attack near Damascus, while nearly eight-in-10 believe President Obama should be required to receive congressional approval before any intervention.

The NBC poll, released Friday, was conducted as the Obama administration tries to rally public and congressional support for a military strike on the Syrian regime.

The White House briefed congressional leaders Thursday night on the situation.

According to the survey, 50 percent of respondents oppose the United States taking military action in the war-torn country, compared with 42 percent who support it.

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